Melbourne - World number two Andy Murray
wore down German teenager Alexander Zverev to win his opening match in straight
sets at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Murray, a four-time finalist in Melbourne
and last year's runner-up won 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours, seven minutes and
will face Australian Sam Groth in the second round.
"Alex fought right through to the last
point so he made it very competitive at the end in tough conditions
today," Murray said.
"It was very hot today so I was very
glad to get it done in straight sets."
Murray, who is looking to become the first
man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after losing the final four
times, always had the contest under control.
He broke Zverev's serve six times, saved
six out of six break points and dominated when he came to the net, winning 12
Eighteen-year-old Zverev, who works with
Murray's former trainer Jez Green, impressed with his court speed and coverage
along with a big forehand.
But it was his inconsistency that was his
major failing, getting himself into good positions but over-hitting his
Zverev suffered a nose bleed in only the
second game of the match and needed a medical timeout before returning to the
The Scot broke Zverev twice on the way to
taking the opening set in 35 minutes, and while the young German had Murray's
serve under pressure he never recovered from dropping his opening serve to lose
the second set.
The final set went for almost an hour in
the afternoon heat but Murray's experience was key.
Murray has made it clear he will not
hesitate to pull out of the tournament and dash home to be with wife Kim Sears
for the birth of their first child.
Results from the Australian Open Grand Slam at Melbourne Park on Tuesday:
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
Stephane Robert (FRA) bt Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
Milos Raonic (CAN x13) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
Joao Sousa (POR x32) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Sam Groth (AUS) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Laura Siegemund (GER) bt Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-4, 7-5
Annika Beck (GER) bt Priscilla Hon (AUS) 6-0, 6-3
Timea Bacsinszky (SWI x11) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-3, 7-5
Vania King (USA) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
Garbine Muguruza (ESP x3) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST) 6-0, 6-4
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x21) bt Maddison Inglis (AUS) 6-3, 6-0
Madison Keys (USA x15) bt Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1
Johanna Konta (GBR) bt Venus Williams (USA x8) 6-4, 6-2